Construction crews began digging Monday to begin widening the road leading into Sequoyah Schools’ campus at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and Coffee Hollow Road.

Cherokee Nation

Construction crews began digging Monday to begin widening the road leading into Sequoyah Schools’ campus at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and Coffee Hollow Road.

Construction Underway at Sequoyah School Entrance

The main entrance to Sequoyah High School is closed until mid-August as construction is underway to install a stop light at U.S. Highway 62.

Recently the Cherokee Nation’s roads department began work to widen the intersection of Coffee Hollow Road and U.S. 62, which serves as the front entrance to Sequoyah Schools’ campus in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The project will add traffic signals and deceleration and acceleration lanes for safer student, parent and faculty travel.

“The Cherokee Nation appreciates this partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to improve travel and safety for everyone in Cherokee County,” Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn said. “We realize this may be a temporary inconvenience for some students and drivers, but we hope they remain patient during construction since the outcome will provide a safer roadway for drivers who take this route regularly.”

Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn looks over construction plans at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and Coffee Hollow Road. (Cherokee Nation)

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation Roads Department Director Michael Lynn looks over construction plans at the intersection of U.S. Highway 62 and Coffee Hollow Road.

Drivers should use the north entrance, which is near the water tower, or the entrance leading to the golf course while the main entrance is closed.

The Cherokee Nation is leading the construction, and ODOT approved the plan and is providing oversight. Construction is slated for completion this fall.

The Cherokee Nation received $525,000 from the Federal Highway Administration Tribal Transportation Program in November. The tribe’s roads department funded the rest of the about $750,000 total project.

For more information, call the Cherokee Nation Roads Department at 918-453-5731.

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